Acting Gov. Richard Codey has signed a bill into law increasing fines
for oversize trucks caught speeding on steep, local roads in New Jersey. The
bill swept through the state’s Legislature by unanimous consent.
“It’s not safe for a truck that weighs four tons to be traveling at
speeds in excess of 35 mph down a hill,” Assemblywoman Linda Stender, D-Union,
the bill’s sponsor, said in a written statement.
The new law, previously A3096, allows municipalities to set a new range
of fines for trucks weighing four tons or more that get pulled over for driving
on roads with a grading of more than 5 percent. Offenders would face a $2,500
fine with any subsequent violations resulting in up to a $5,000 fine.
She is hopeful the effort will prevent rogue truckers from endangering
“Strict fines will keep truck drivers at bay,” Stender said. “Truck
drivers need to know that if they are willing to jeopardize the safety of
motorists, they will be fined heavily.”
The new rule has been in effect since the end of August.